As opposition forces are slapped down by the cruel hand of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin is looking increasingly desperate and petulant.
Vladimir Putin recently claimed that democracy is the fundamental right of the people to elect their government as well as to continuously influence it and the decision-making process. Yet the recent detention of three members of an all-female punk band for a protest performance suggests that state censorship and violations against free expression remain as strong as ever in Russia.
The Russian Federation is a major player when it comes to natural gas. Not only are they in possession of the largest proven reserves, which account for nearly a quarter of the world’s total reserves; but they are also the biggest exporter of the commodity by supplying over fifteen percent of global gas production.
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